JULY 3RD MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY THE DOORS' JIM MORRISON DEATH, WE REMEMBER HIM NOW WITH FIVE OF THE MOST SURREAL THEORIES SURROUNDING HIS PASSING

The Doors—from left to right: John Densmore (drummer), Robby Krieger (guitarist), Ray Manzarek (keyboardist), and Jim Morrison (singer)—posed for Elektra Records publicity shots in New York City, New York in November 1966. Photo by Joel Brodsky.
The Doors—from left to right: John Densmore (drummer), Robby Krieger (guitarist), Ray Manzarek (keyboardist), and Jim Morrison (singer)—posed for Elektra Records publicity shots in New York City, New York in November 1966. Photo by Joel Brodsky.
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED BY OC WEEKLY ON JULY 1, 2011.

July 3rd marks the 40th anniversary of the Doors' legendary frontman Jim Morrison's death. Fans worldwide will celebrate his life and his massive contribution to music—just imagine how many bands now owe their sound to the Doors—with tribute shows, exhibits, and even ceremonies. The Rock and Roll Emporium in Huntington Beach marks this day with a special memorial event featuring an extensive exhibit of rare artifacts spanning Morrison's entire career as a poet, artist and musician.

“With 2011 being the 40th anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison, we wanted to host a memorial celebration of his music, life and legacy,” said Andrew Kirby, managing partner of The Rock and Roll Emporium. “We've gathered artifacts from the very beginning of his career as a film student to hand-written poems including one of the first songs he wrote while living on a rooftop in Venice Beach, to a collection of more than 400 rare historic photographs. This is a great chance to own a piece of history from one of the most notable and iconic bands to come out of Southern California.”

You'll find the Original Bail Bond sheet signed by “James Douglas Morrison” from his arrest on suspicion of indecent exposure during a concert at Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami's Coconut Grove section in 1969, a collection of rare photographs by Ron Raffaelli, Henry Diltz and Joel Brodsky, rare concert posters, gold records, autographed items, original tribute artwork, and original poetry written in Jim Morrison's hand including the lyrics to the song “Moonlight Drive” from The Doors' second album “Strange Days” which was released in October 1967.

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